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Future Tech Week 2020 - Online Seminar on Autonomous Inspection of Composite Airplane Fuselages

Published: 17 September 2020

The LTU Robotics & AI Group will be participating in this year's Future Tech Week, an initiative of the European Innovation Council Pathfinder. The group is co-organizing the online seminar entitled "An Advanced Methodology for the Inspection and Quantification of Damage on Aerospace Composites and Metals using an Innovative Robotic Approach", which will take place online (Zoom) on the 25th September 14:00-16:00 CEST.

During the event (15:10-15:25), Georgios Andrikopoulos will present the activities performed by the Robotics & AI group under the FETOPEN H2020 project CompInnova, which involve the design, development and control of "Vortex Climbing Robots for Autonomous Infrastructure Inspection".

Aerospace industries are obliged, from European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Federal Administration Aviation (FAA), to inspect all aircraft components for possible defects/flaws, before and during their service life using reliable and efficient Non Destructive Testing (NDT) techniques. Aircraft maintenance expenditure usually represents 20% of the overall operating cost and inefficient and ineffective inspection procedures can destroy the ability to plan, schedule and reduce labor productivity by 50% or more. The result of an undetected flaw due to inefficient inspection or improper repair may lead to its catastrophic failure and eventually to life and aircraft loss.

To address this need, CompInnova ( is focused upon the development of an innovative inspection methodology, with automated and manual capabilities, for any type of composite and metallic aircraft structures. The novel structural integrity approach is comprised by qualified Phased Array (PA) and Infrared Thermography (IRT) methods attached on multiple vortex-actuated climbing robots, a Damage Tolerance (DT) structural integrity assessment technique processed on a computer and an innovative laser repair system.

Where: On-line Webinar Link: Microsoft Teams

When: Friday, 25 Sep 2020 from 14:00 to 16:00 CEST

More information on the seminar can be found in

14:00 – 14:10 CompInnova: A novel approach for the autonomous inspection and repair of aircraft composite structures – Project Overview

Presenter: Luca Zanotti Fragonara, Cranfield University, UK

14:10 – 14:25 “A Novel Infrared Thermography Approach for the Rapid Quantitative Assessment of Damage in Aircraft Composites”

Presenter: Konstantinos Dassios, University of Ioannina, Greece

14:25 – 14:30 Questions/Discussion
14:30 – 14:45 “On-site Autonomous Ultrasonic Phased Array Inspection of Aircraft Composite structure”

Presenter: Janardhan Padiyar M, Cranfield University, UK

14:45 – 14:50 Questions/Discussion
14:50 – 15:05 “Repair of Composite Aerostructures”

Presenter: Dr. Spyridon Psarras, University of Patras, Greece

15:05 – 15:10 Questions/Discussion
15:10 – 15:25 Vortex Climbing Robots for Autonomous Infrastructure Inspection

Presenter: Georgios Andrikopoulos, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden

15:25 – 15:30 Questions/Discussion
15:30 – 15:45 “The role of vortex climbing robots in the future of industrial NDT inspection”

Presenter: José Carregado, OPTIMAL, Portugal

15:45 – 16:00 Questions/Discussion